New Zealand Massacre; Users Find Ways to Share Violent Videos

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Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, condemned tech firms' failure to stop the 17-minute video being shared for more than 10 hours after the self-professed white supremacist killer Brenton Tarrant opened fire on Muslims at prayer.

Facebook is "removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we're aware", she said. "Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the community affected by the horrendous shootings in New Zealand", the statement said.

Facebook, the world's largest social media network with about 2.3 billion monthly users around the world, tripled the size of its safety and security team to 30,000 people over the last three years to respond more quickly to reports of offensive content.

"A person involved with the attacks also appeared to post regularly to the "/pol/ - Politically Incorrect" forum on 8chan, a online discussion site known for allowing virtually any content, including hate speech.

YouTube said: "Please know we are working vigilantly to remove any violent footage".

Politicians in multiple countries said social media companies need to be more vigilant.

"The responsibility for content of the stream lies completely and exclusively on the person who initiated the stream".

All platforms encourage reporting such videos.

"We are adding each video we find to an internal database which enables us to detect and automatically remove copies of the videos when uploaded again", Garlick added.

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Facebook and YouTube were created to share pictures of babies, puppies and other wholesome things, he said, "but they were expanded at such a scale and built with no safeguards such that they were easy to hijack by the worst elements of humanity".

The app is usually used to share videos of extreme sports and live music, but on Friday the footage recreated the carnage of a computer game, showing the attacker's first-person view as he drove to one mosque, entered it and began shooting randomly at people inside.

But the livestream lasting 17 minutes was shared repeatedly on YouTube and Twitter, and internet platforms were scrambling to remove videos being reposted of the gruesome scene.

At one point, the shooter even paused to give a shout-out to one of YouTube's top personalities, known as PewDiePie, with tens of millions of followers, who has made jokes criticized as anti-Semitic and posted Nazi imagery in his videos.

Adding to the challenge for social media sites, once original videos are pulled, different versions from downloaded or recorded copies start cropping up, and the never-ending cycle continues.

"This is a case where you're giving a platform for hate", he said.

In August past year, a shooting at a Madden NFL 19 video-game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, was captured on live video.

In 2017, a father in Thailand broadcast himself killing his daughter on Facebook Live.

U.S. President Donald Trump posted a tweet condemning the "horrible massacre", as did former leader Barack Obama. "Because if you do, sharing this video is exactly how you do it", Moore said.

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